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    Thread: Skippy Filter

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      Skippy Filter

      So.......I decided to build a new filter for my pond so I can stock more koi. As we all know.....there can never be over filtration.

      Just finished installing it. Buried about 3/4 deep into the ground.

      Anyway, I found this poly tank on Market Place. Perfect size for the location that I have and perfect volume for my pond. The poly tank is about 100 gallons in volume and 1/2" thick.
      Cut it out nicely on the top, install new bulkheads. One bulkhead for the water coming in from the pump and the other for cleaning purposes - flushing the filter media and dirt.
      I also build a rack for the media and settlement area for particle and sediment. Settlement can then be easily flush out thru that other bulkhead.
      2 openings on the front at about 11 x 3 each and also I install a lip and a bib. The bib is from leftover liner that I have and will overlap the existing liner.

      Currently, I have a lined it with 2 layers of filter pad at the very bottom to trap all those particles and then some loose round floor scrubbing pads to fill it up. I am sure will get more pads soon to fill it all the way up.

      If anybody have recommendation for DIY filter media to add on, that will be greatly appreciated.

      Here some pics.........

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      I would do a media that can be easily cleaned by air. Like Static K1, Sand and Gravel, poly strapping.
      Is your purpose of the filter mechanical filtration or biological filtration?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Fishmover View Post
      I would do a media that can be easily cleaned by air. Like Static K1, Sand and Gravel, poly strapping.
      Is your purpose of the filter mechanical filtration or biological filtration?
      Both - mechanical and biological.

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      The goal is to make it easy to clean and effective. Doing both mechanical and biological is a challenge.
      The water that feeds this filter, where is it coming from? Directly from the pond? After another filter?

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      K1 in a zippered mesh bag or 2" thick filter matting. K1 can be agitated in a bucket or tote of pond water to clean. Matting can be hosed off if you don't mind losing the bio, or just banged against a wall or tree to shake the debris free

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      Quote Originally Posted by Fishmover View Post
      The goal is to make it easy to clean and effective. Doing both mechanical and biological is a challenge.
      The water that feeds this filter, where is it coming from? Directly from the pond? After another filter?
      From the pond to the pump with strainer to catch bigger particles.

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      Quote Originally Posted by pondfishguy View Post
      K1 in a zippered mesh bag or 2" thick filter matting. K1 can be agitated in a bucket or tote of pond water to clean. Matting can be hosed off if you don't mind losing the bio, or just banged against a wall or tree to shake the debris free
      That is what I have right now. 2" thick filter matting (2 layers) at the very bottom.

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      I am of the thought that if you are going to spend the electricity to move the water, you might as well filter it while you are at it.
      Since the water is coming from the pond directly to the filter you will need mechanical filtration for sure.
      YOu could always go with Matala pads, but they are a pin in the butt to clean.
      I would make a sand and gravel filter. So 3 layers of rock going from 2 to 3 inch rocks, to.5 inch to 1 inch rocks, to a top layer of chicken grit. YOu would also need to drill another hole lower than your weir for a waste port when cleaning. You would also need to build an air manifold under the grates.

      This will be the easiest filter to maintain that actually cleans the water really well.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Fishmover View Post
      I am of the thought that if you are going to spend the electricity to move the water, you might as well filter it while you are at it.
      Since the water is coming from the pond directly to the filter you will need mechanical filtration for sure.
      YOu could always go with Matala pads, but they are a pin in the butt to clean.
      I would make a sand and gravel filter. So 3 layers of rock going from 2 to 3 inch rocks, to.5 inch to 1 inch rocks, to a top layer of chicken grit. YOu would also need to drill another hole lower than your weir for a waste port when cleaning. You would also need to build an air manifold under the grates.

      This will be the easiest filter to maintain that actually cleans the water really well.
      I like your idea but the only issue is I don't have any more room to install another filter That is the reason what I am doing it right now - both mechanical and biological filter in the same tank.
      I have all these trees around my pond and am glad to find that poly tank that fit between 2 trees.

      I do have a waste port in that Skippy filter. It is a 2" control valve where I can hook up a tubing and drain all the sediment out.

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      Nice pond. I would have put the thick mechanical filter(s) on top. Water flows down and back up to the weir with a separator wall, with a backup overflow. Like pondfishguy, would just bang the mat(s) against a tree/fence/milk crates and put it back. Would only take a couple of minutes or even less. Why do I feel like adding more fish is always bad idea but adding more filter is rather a good one?
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      Question

      Where is this spillway from?

      Where can I buy it or cut it off of? What glue is used?
      Looks like you also bolted it on?
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      You could use a strong plastic tote with a lip that You could could use as a flange to screw into , something like this
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